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Fifteen people have been detained and one person charged with terrorism offences following pre-dawn raids across Sydney and Brisbane

Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police

Fifteen people were detained following dawn raids at a number of properties in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan last night after intelligence discovered an alleged plan by the Islamic State to publicly execute a random person

Norfolk Island plans to legalise same-sex marriage

Gay marriage: Mutiny on the Bounty islanders blaze a new trail to boost tourism

Norfolk Island plans to legalise same-sex marriage – and boost its ailing tourism industry

Scientists defrost 350kg colossal squid for examination

Video: The squid has been frozen for eight months since being caught in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea

George the goldfish during surgery

How do you operate on a fish? Animal hospital removes tumour from 'much-loved' goldfish George

The Lort Smith Animal Hospital operated on fish George after his concerned owner decided to go ahead with surgery

Rubbish bins are blocked with warning messages about public safety at Central rail station in Brisbane

Queensland stations weld bins shut over increased terror threat

Australian rail provider has banned the use of bins at crowded local stations over increased terror threat level

The web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is funding the Internet Mana party

Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand

Kim Dotcom enlists whistleblowers as he bankrolls New Zealand political party

People wait to have lost election cards replaced at the election office for the upcoming elections in Suva, the capital. Fiji has imposed a strict media blackout of coverage of the South Pacific nation's first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply

Fiji general election: Frank Bainimarama wants to be voted in as Prime Minister eight years after he took power in coup

Bainimarama's coup in 2006 was Fiji's fourth in two decades. He is now urging people to vote for his Fiji First party and make him a genuine, rather than self-appointed, Prime Minister

An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on August 15, 2014 in the Gulf

Tony Abbott brands Isis a 'death cult' – and says Australia will send military force to fight extremists

Australia will contribute up to 10 military aircraft to the campaign against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.

Greg Norman: chainsaw accident almost claims hand of golfing champion

Norman had posted pictures of himself using the tool in week before the attack

Benedict Barboza, second from left, the husband of Jacintha Saldanha, their children Lisha and Junal, right, and Keith Vaz MP, centre, arrive for the inquest

Jacintha Saldanha inquest: Australian radio station donates $500,000 to family of nurse who killed herself after royal prank call

Southern Cross Austereo expressed its 'deepest sympathy' to Mrs Saldanha’s relatives

Shocking footage of Australian police in riot gear removing children at 'gunpoint'

Video: The heavy-handed tactics of police on Aboriginal children in New South Wales has been attacked

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Male Japanese porn stars are rarer than Bengal tigers - according to Japan's porn king Shimiken

Actor, who has starred in over 7,000 adult films, has asked men to join the industry

The Australian Federal Police has apologised after a suitcase containing a plastic explosive was accidentally left at Sydney Airport before being sent home with a passenger

Australian Police apologise after leaving plastic explosives in Sydney Airport for three weeks

Device was hidden in a suitcase during a dog training exercise

Police are investigating the shooting of Geoff Hunt's wife and her three children

Body found in Australian dam in search for farmer Geoff Hunt who disappeared following the shooting of his wife and three children

Police said the scene at the property in New South Wales was unlike anything they had seen before

Possum faeces may contain a bacteria which causes flesh-eating ulcers in humans

Possum faeces 'contains bacteria which could cause flesh-eating ulcers in humans'

Scientists are warning the public against touching the poo, due to the risk of developing a buruli ulcer

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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